All about fuet: not just any sausage

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As a tapa, as a snack or as an ingredient in (Spanish) dishes: fuet is a great sausage that lends itself to many preparations. But what exactly is it? And how is it different from other sausages?

catalan whip

Fun fact: fuet literally means whip in Catalan. This refers to the characteristic shape of the sausage, elongated and thin (not thicker than two centimeters). You can read between the lines that the origin of the fuet sausage is in Catalonia, especially in the Catalan region of Osana.

In terms of taste, you can describe fuet as sweet with light pepper tones. Pepper, cloves, coriander and/or anise are often used to spice up the pork sausage, although each region or producer uses its own spice mix.

Not just any sausage

The spices also make the difference with chorizo, that other well-known Spanish sausage. In contrast to fuet, chorizo ​​is seasoned with pimenton (smoked paprika, hence the fire-red color). Salami is the Italian collective name for dried sausages. In Italy there are many different types, although they often like to add fennel seeds to the meat.

In any case, fuet is a very popular sausage worldwide, precisely because of its subtle but refined, peppery taste. By the way, how do you recognize a good fuet in the store? A good fuet has a nice white jacket and smells a bit like popcorn (although you will sometimes find ones with a pepper jacket – nice too).

Tartare, eggs or chickpeas

By far the most common way to consume fuet is cold and sliced ​​(and as far as we’re concerned: wafer-thin slices). Delicious of course, especially with a matching wine such as a Spanish Rioja. Yet fuet is more than just a sausage and you can also use it as an ingredient in the kitchen.

For example, you could make tartare of fuet, as an appetizer. In that case, chop the sausage as finely as possible (possibly using a food processor) and mix it with finely chopped tomatoes, onion, pieces of gherkin and dressing. Add some finely chopped chives and some toast and you have a quick flavor bomb on the table. A detailed recipe can be found here , just use the translate button.

fried fuet

Also tasty: fry pieces of fuet crispy in a layer of oil and then make scrambled eggs or tortilla in the same pan, optionally with pieces of boiled potato. As a simple tapa, you could also bake pieces of fuet with chickpeas and a pinch of smoked paprika. Try to resist that…

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